Keynote: Legal technology

Date: 23 August 2019
Time: 09:00-11:00
Venue: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

Legal technology: a field guide to ethical problematization and reflection

Keynote by Kristin Sandvik (University of Oslo and PRIO)

While the introduction of new technology may –finally – transform a conservative legal field, it also creates new forms of digital risk and new possibilities for digital harm to clients but also for lawyers and law firms, students, researchers and ordinary users of financial services or government superplatforms.  Whereas these risks and harms are frequently categorized as cybersecurity and/or due process issues, this talk will map out a series of problematizations around the ethics of legal tech, with a three-pronged focus on legal tech itself, on the legal profession, and finally on experimental legal education and innovative legal research. Using examples from the author’s own work on refugee resettlement, transitional justice and humanitarian drones, particular attention will be given to the need to globalize our understanding of the ethics of legal tech going forward. ​

Roundtable: Law, Technology and Social Change

The relentless rise of digitalisation, automation and biotechnology is reshaping political economy and legal architecture. Today’s technological changes are emerging as a distinct transformation , not simply as an adjunct to nation-state capitalism or economic globalisation. With jurisdiction becoming virtual, decision-making automated, labour markets disrupted, public and legal services digitalised, new professions empowered, corporate power moved, biological parameters shifted, and digital gated communities emerging, social-legal scholarship will need to keep pace. This panel asks:  How are new technologies such as artificial intelligence transforming state governance? How do citizens respond to technology and how can we study techno-legal consciousness? How do new technologies affect affect social justice? How should the field be regulated and which norms deserve priority? How should we teach law and technology in a global context?

Kristin Sandvik in conversation with  Heather Broomfield (DIFI),  Malcolm Langford (LawTransform and UiO).